The point is arguable. But what is certain is the fact that the North Carolina women's soccer team is headed back to the NCAA final four for the 19th time in as many tries.
The Tar Heels got two goals from senior forward Meredith Florance as they defeated Connecticut
3-0 at Fetzer Field on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Women's College Cup.
"It was not too much dominance on one team today like they usually are," said Connecticut coach Len Tsantiris, who watched his team go out in the round of eight for the fifth time in six years. "I don't think it's fair to say that they dominated, with the score 3-0."
If the game wasn't a case of domination, it was close. The Tar Heels outshot the Huskies (17-7-2) by a margin of 17-5 and posted eight corner kicks to Connecticut's zero. They were also never in any significant danger of surrendering a goal.
"I don't want to contradict Lenny," North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance said. "But I will take whatever happened today as a substitution for domination anytime."
UNC (19-3) will play top-ranked Notre Dame (23-0-1), a 2-1 winner against Santa Clara, on Friday in the NCAA semifinals in San Jose, Calif. Portland, which knocked out Penn State, and UCLA, which eliminated Clemson, will face off in the other matchup.
Inspired by a crowd of 2,035 on Friday, the Tar Heels jumped on the Huskies from the start. UNC mounted three good offensive attacks in the match's first eight minutes before breaking through with 13 minutes, 13 seconds elapsed from the clock.
Senior Kalli Kamholz launched a throw-in from the right side into the goal box, where Anne Remy shifted the ball over to Florance for the game's first goal. Florance didn't make solid contact with the ball, but UConn goalkeeper Maria Yatrakis never had a chance for a save because she was screened off on the play.